A Sci-Fi Contact Lens Screen Just Became Reality

Mojo Vision’s new in contact lens screen is right out of the movies

What: Mojo Vision is demonstrating its new smart contact lens, which includes a tiny display that can display information over the real world.

How: The ink-dot-sized lens gets power and computing from a wrist band and the display turns on with an eye movement. It shows news, weather, directions without blocking your vision.

Why Do You Care: Because of its vision-enhancement capabilities, the Mojo Vision Mojo Lens may have major implications for the vision-impaired. However, it might also be the first time you can have a world of info at your fingertips (okay, retinas) without anyone else noticing.

If you’ve watched any spy movie from the last decade, there always comes a moment when the spy hero pops a smart contact lens into her eye that delivers highly sensitive information, night vision, and zoom. It’s a favorite fantasy that Mojo Vision is now making reality.

The company unveiled its Mojo Lens smart contact lenses with an ink-dot-sized display embed in the center this week, according to various hands-on reports from Wired and others.

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Mojo Lens.  Mojo Vision

While years away from commercial release, Mojo Vision does have working prototypes. According to Wired, one can hold up the lens—inside a bulky holder—and get close enough to it to look through the lens and the tiny display positioned dead center in it. In one test, the smart lens made objects in a dark room visible, highlighting its potential utility for the vision impaired.

The lens manages to keep the technology in the lens material relatively low by putting all the computing and operational power in a wristband. Mojo Lens also avoids the common pitfall of AR headsets that look, well, like dorky, technology-riddled headgear.

“We want to create a technology that lets you be you, lets you look like you; it doesn't change your appearance,” co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Mojo Vision Mike Wiemer told Wired.

The prototype is so new, though, that most of the information and navigation features aren’t ready. To understand what the system might look like when it launches, Mojo Vision had reporters don a VR headset, which showed how a glance to the left could launch a navigation icon and access features like weather, news, calendar, and music.

A company rep told Lifewire that the idea is not to wear one Mojo Lens, but two. The smart contact lenses and embedded screens work together to provide a stereo optic view.

Mojo Vision’s first customers will be the visually impaired, which is why the FDA has granted Mojo Lens Breakthrough Device Designation, which means its development and release could help those with debilitating life conditions.

As for those with regular visual impairment, it’s going to be a little while before Mojo Lens moves from handheld prototype to the lens you forget to remove at night.

Via: Wired